Minor in Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies minor complements your major and provides a basic understanding of environmental issues.

Choosing a minor is optional. The minor requires 30 credits.

To view the list of available minors at UW, visit the Undergraduate Academic Advising Minors page.

Course Requirements

The Environmental Studies minor is comprised of the course requirements listed below.

ENVIR Core Courses
(10 Credits)

Two courses:

  1. ENVIR 100
    Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations
  2. One course from below:
    • ENVIR 200
      Environmental Studies: Research and Communication
    • ENVIR 250
      Environmental Studies: Data Types and Collection Methods

Additional Requirement
(5 Credits)

One course:






Perspectives and Experiences
(≥ 15 credits)

Consult the list of approved courses.

A minimum of 3 credits must be completed in each of the following Environmental Perspectives and Experiences area for a total of 15 credits. The overall GPA must be 2.0 or higher.

  • Human and Social Dimensions
  • Natural Sciences
  • Policy and Decision Making

Additional Perspectives and Experiences Notes:

  • Courses may be listed in multiple categories, however, any individual course is not allowed to meet more than one category requirement.
  • All courses must be upper division (300 or 400 level) courses.
  • To request that a course not on the approved list be used to fulfill this requirement, please submit a completed course exception petition to enviradv@uw.edu.

Declare your Minor

The Environmental Studies minor requires a minimum of 30 credits. To declare this minor your current departmental or program adviser.

If you have specific questions about the Environmental Studies minor, please contact the adviser, Ana Wieman, at enviradv@uw.edu.